Abdul Qadir Mumin

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‘Abd al-Qādir Mū‘min (born c. 1950s) is a Somali-born British citizen and the leader of the Islamic State in Somalia. He was formerly a senior religious authority in al-Shabab.


Born in Somalia, Mū‘min arrived to the United Kingdom in 2005 – 2006.

In 2010, he took part in a press conference alongside the ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg for the charity CAGE (organisation), which was launching a report criticizing Western anti-terror tactics in East Africa.

A few months later he fled to Somalia, after coming under investigation by MI5 for radicalising young men.[1] He joined al-Shabaab.

On October 22, 2015, he pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State, creating the "Islamic State in Somalia" (Abnaa ul-Calipha).[2][3][4]

He is located in the Galgala region, in Puntland, Somalia.


  1. ^ "British extremist preacher linked to Lee Rigby killer emerges as head of Islamic State in Somalia". 
  2. ^ Zelin, Aaron Y. (22 October 2015). "New audio message from Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qādir Mū ‘min: "Bay’ah From Him and a Group of Mujāhidīn of Somalia to the Caliph of the Muslims Abū Bakr al-Baghdādī"". 
  3. ^ "Shabaab’s leadership fights Islamic State’s attempted expansion in East Africa - The Long War Journal". 
  4. ^ "Small group of Somali al Shabaab swear allegiance to Islamic State". 23 October 2015 – via Reuters. 

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